Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Meseret Kassahun

Meseret Kassahun

Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Addis Ababa University

Meseret Kassahun holds a Ph.D from Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently a faculty member in the School of Social Work, Addis Ababa University. Her major research interests include gender equality and mainstreaming, women empowerment, good governance, social protection, and human security. Currently, she is completing a survey that looks at the social and economic impact of urban renewal, inner city land expropriation and relocation on inner city residents in Addis Ababa. Previously, she led a team of researchers and designed a “mixed methods” research design to assess the prevalence of Gender Based Violence in five Regional States of Ethiopia. She has relevant research experiences on urban governance, the role of CSOs in Ethiopia, and women empowerment and child vulnerability. As a consultant, she worked for CARE Ethiopia, DKT Ethiopia, Netherland Embassy, DFID, UN-WOMEN, UN-ECA, and UNICEF. Kassahun has  She holds a Master in Social Work and B.A in Sociology and Social Administration from Addis Ababa University.

Kassahun has extensive research experience and ten years of work experience as program coordinator and manager in rural and urban development initiatives in Ethiopia since 1994. Under the leadership of UN Women and the Donor Group on Gender Equality (DGGE), Kassahun carried out an assessment on the implementation of the “women in peace and security agenda” UN-Security Council Resolution 1325 in the humanitarian setting in Ethiopia. Kassahun also lead a study which explored the economic and social insecurity of women in the Horn of Africa through analyzing impacts of conflict on women, their contributions to peacemaking, peace negotiations, and post conflict reconstruction processes using the contextual realities of the region.


  1. Meseret KassahunAssessment on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the humanitarian setting in Ethiopia. 2015
  2. Meseret Kassahun and Nathan Linsk. Pathways and Motivations for Raising Relatives’ Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Vol 14, Issue 4, Nov. 2015, pp. 392-404
  3. Kassahun, M. Social support and stress of kin caregivers of orphaned children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Implications for practice and policy. International Journal of Social Welfare, 24: 388–398. 2015. doi:10.1111/ijsw.12145